Kern County appoints Elsa Martinez as interim CAO

Martinez, who has been with the county for over a decade, will start as CAO in an interim capacity next month.

The Kern County Board of Supervisors has selected Elsa Martinez to serve as the interim Chief Administrative Officer. 

The big picture: Martinez ascends to the county’s top job after serving as the Chief FInancial Officer for 12 years. 


  • She takes over in the interim after Jim Zervis announced that he is leaving the county to relocate to Florida. 
  • Martinez will serve as the Chief Administrative Officer while the county conducts a nationwide search for a permanent hire. 
  • She officially takes over the position on March 9. 
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